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Yuumei is the username I chose when I first got my deviantART account at the age of 12. As I posted more and more art under that username, Yuumei simply became my 2nd name.
Yuumei (幽冥 or 幽明) means light and darkness, strange and deep, hades, and semidarkness. Not to be confused with yuumei (有名) which ironically means famous. The 12 year old me who picked this name did not foresee this.
I grew up in China where parents compete and show off their child like some sort of hobby, so drawing was one of the many things I had to learn. I really loved it so I took more classes but not too much. All my Chinese art classes focused on realism and drawing from life. That gave me the foundations to draw everything else but drawing is not a magical process where you take a class, and BAM! you're an artist. It's all about hard work and practice like everything else in life.
What helped me the most was actually being part of the deviantART community where I learned from other artists by observing their works, and the free tutorials they provided. There are many art classes out there, but there are even more free online tutorials and resources made by kind hearted artists. Anyone can learn how to draw for free, and all you need to bring is determination :)
________________________________________I don't have a set schedule for my work. I am balancing many projects on top of running the Axent Wear company so my schedule is hectic and unpredictable. I would like to post as often as possible, but life is always full of surprises. I do hope to get helpers in the future for my comics which should speed up the workflow.
I spent the first 9 years of my life in China under its strict education system. School was 6 days a week from 9am to 6pm. After coming to America, I went to public schools in not so great neighborhoods until I graduated as Valedictorian and went to University of California Berkeley with the intent to major in Biology. After one year, I realized my true calling in art and switched majors to reflect my passion. I graduated with my Bachelor's in art in 2011. At one point I firmly believed that I would go to grad school until I realized I learn best by creating art with my hands, not sitting in a classroom reading about other artists.
________________________________________ I use a variety of mediums but I'm most comfortable with digital art. The majority of my illustrations are done in drawing programs like Paint Tool SAI, and Photoshop with a Wacom Intuos tablet. I usually do most of the drawing and painting in SAI, and some final editing, color and texture touchups in Photoshop.
For graphic novels like Fisheye Placebo, I integrated 3D programs such as Sketchup, Esri City Generator, and other procedural generation programs to help me quickly and efficiently create backgrounds and settings. That way I don't have to draw the same table or building over and over again in the comics.
When not doing digital work, I like to sketch in ball point pens. Watercolor is my prefered traditional painting medium but I also enjoy acrylic and oil paint. I dabble in origami once in a blue moon, but I've spent many years sculpting with ceramics, and briefly worked with welding metal and chainsawing wood sculptures. I really enjoy integrating digital and physical media such as laser cutting and 3D printing.
Q: Do you have a shop where I can buy prints and books of your work?
A: Not yet but I'm working on it! I also plan on creating a Patreon to share more of my work progress and receive support for funding future projectI live in California and I attend a lot of the anime conventions
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